Spain's state prosecutor has asked a judge to issue a European arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemon after eight members of his cabinet were jailed for their role in Catalan's push for independence.
CATALONIA'S INDEPENDENCE FIGHT: Still a problem for Spain?
There have been headlines again about possible independence for Catalonia in the north east of Spain. Three MEPs from that region who live overseas and are fighting for self-government at home, now face a battle to avoid extradition to Spain. But why is Spain so worried about Catalonia? And what does this mean for other parts of Europe that may want to break away?
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Catalan Crisis: Regional leaders jailed over independence push
Spain's state prosecutor has asked a judge to issue a European arrest warrant for the deposed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont. It came as eight former members of his cabinet were jailed after appearing in a Madrid court for their role in the region's push for independence. Puigdemont has called the jailings a 'mistake' and demanded their release. Amber Austin-Wright reports.
Catalan Crisis: Catalan president rules out snap election
Hopes of a possible solution to the Catalan independence crisis are fading after the regional president ruled out a snap election. It was thought a new vote might encourage the Spanish government to abandon its plans to impose direct rule. Sarah Morice reports.
Catalonia Referendum: Josep Costa discusses the latest
Catalonia's leader hasn't clarified whether he declared independence from Spain in a letter to the central government on Monday and has renewed a call for dialogue. Puigdemont has until Thursday morning (Oct 19) to reverse course if he did. Failing that, Madrid will invoke Article 155 of the constitution allowing it to suspend the region's autonomy and impose direct rule.
Catalan Referendum: Madrid turns up the heat on Carles Puigdemont
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has failed to clarify whether Catalonia plans to break away from Spain, and has instead called for talks. The central government says that won't happen until he complies with the law. It's given him until Thursday to drop his push for independence. Sarah Morice reports
Catalonia Referendum: Ona Curto Graupera talks to TRT World on the Catalan Independence crisis
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he wants the Catalonia's leaders to abandon their declaration and observe constitutional law. And he says the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has five days to clarify his position on independence. Puigdemont says he's willing to suspend declaring a secession pending political talks with Madrid.
Catalonia Referendum: Ona Curto Graupera talks to TRT World
Ona Curto Graupera is a coordinator for the pro Catalan independence CUP party in Spain.
Catalan Independence Dispute : Interview with Andrew Dowling
Andrew Dowling is a Senior Lecturer in Catalan and Spanish History at Cardiff University in Wales.
Catalonia Referendum: Spanish PM demands clarity from Catalan leaders
The Spanish Prime Minister has asked the Catalan government to clarify whether or not it has declared independence. Mariano Rajoy says regional leader Carles Puigdemont has deliberately caused confusion by saying independence would be suspended, to leave the door open for negotiations. But Madrid has made it clear it's not willing to compromise. Our Europe Correspondent Simon McGregor-Wood reports.
Catalonia Referendum: Businesses relocating over independence row
The Spanish region of Catalonia may declare some form of independence this week, despite vehement opposition from the Spanish government. With tensions high, the local government in Catalonia is not only facing political obstacles, but also financial challenges.
As our Europe correspondent, Francis Collings reports from Barcelona, the economic effects of a referendum on independence are already taking effect as major companies relocate.
Catalonia Referendum: People rallied in Barcelona
In Barcelona, hundreds of thousands of people have rallied against the idea of Catalonia's independence from Spain. They carried banners saying "Together we are stronger" and "Catalonia is Spain". Catalan authorities are expected to declare some form of independence this week. Francis Collings has more from Barcelona.
Catalonia Referendum: Spain divided over independence bid
Catalan demands for independence have had a polarizing effect on Spain. But on Saturday, thousands marched in the hope of bringing the country together. Liz Maddock reports.
Catalonia Referendum: Is Spain heading for a constitutional crisis?
Tensions are on the rise in the Spanish region of Catalonia ahead of this Sunday's independence referendum. The Spanish Government says the vote is illegal and is trying o stop it from going ahead. On Thursday students in Catalonia went on strike, while the region's foreign minister sought help from the EU in Brussels. TRT World's Europe Correspondent Simon McGregor-Wood reports.
Catalonia Referendum: Spain deploys police to stop independence vote
Spanish police will take control of polling stations in Catalonia to try to stop and independence referendum scheduled for Sunday. A court has ruled the vote illegal but Catalans have vowed to go ahead. And as Nafisa Latic reports, that's caused the biggest political crisis since democracy was restored to Spain in 1975.
Catalonia Referendum: Interview with Eduardo Barrachina
The Catalan National Assembly has accused the Spanish government of deliberately causing tension ahead of next week's planned independence referendum. Regional authorities have vowed to hold the vote - despite it being ruled unconstituional by Madrid.
For more on this we are now joined by Eduardo Barrachina, who is a member of the executive committee of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the UK
Catalonia Referendum: Riot police bound for Catalonia
Judges in Barcelona released senior Catalan officials who had been arrested over the independence referendum. On Wednesday, Spanish police made the arrests after they conducted the raids in key regional buildings. The authorities are also preparing to deploy 16-thousand riot police officers in Catalonia. Nafisa Latic reports.
Catalan Referendum: Interview with journalist Marah Rayan
More than 700 mayors from across the region who backed the October 1st vote have been summoned by Spain's public prosecutor. The Spanish government has called the vote as 'illegal'. And it's threatened to cut funding for Catalonia over the referendum plan.
Journalist Marah Rayan is in Barcelona, with more on the growing rift between Catalonia and Madrid.
Catalan Independence: Elizabeth Castro joins the discussion
11th September the Catalan national day, where thousands of people took the street in Barcelona calling for independence for the Catalan state.
Catalonia sets referendum date
Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont sets independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Spain which has promised to block the vote.
Catalonia Referendum: Spanish region calls for vote of independence
The regional government says it will hold a vote on October 1st on whether to form an independent state. The announcement has upset Madrid, which says a referendum violates the country's constitution. But the region's president insisted Catalans have a right to choose.
The Newsmakers: Iraq's Controversial Executions and Catalonia's Struggle for Independence
Iraq's police are suspected of killing civilians under the guise of fighting Daesh. Troubling new reports out of Mosul have led to an Iraqi government investigation into its own security personnel.
Also, Catalans look break away from Spain without a referendum.
And, Myanmar leader Aung Sun Soo Kyi is put to the test to end a decades long war.
The Newsmakers: Catalonia's Struggle for Independence
It could be a nuclear option that leads to the breakup of Spain. The semi-autonomous region of Catalonia wants a referendum to declare its independence. But blocking the way is the federal government, judges and nationalist protesters.
Catalan leaders have given stern warnings in response. It's being reported that if a vote doesn't happen in September, they'll be no more protests, no more court cases. Catalonia will unilaterally secede. Observers say that could spark a national crisis in Spain, and quite possibly in the European Union.
The Newsmakers: Catalan protests
It was a symbolic gesture that could have very real consequences. The former leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, is facing a 10 year ban from public office for organising a vote on whether the region should break away from Spain. The 2014 referendum wasn't binding, but the Spanish government says it violated the constitution. More than 80 percent who voted in that poll wanted independence from Spain. Thousands of Catalan separatists have protested outside the courthouse, arguing the case is politically motivated.